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Ohio nuclear subsidy bill designed to undermine wind and solar, experts say
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

Ohio nuclear subsidy bill designed to undermine wind and solar, experts say

“Language buried deep in the 27-page bill also makes it difficult, if not impossible, for a solar or wind developer trying to finance a new project to rely on funding from the Clean Air Fund that HB 6 would create. Wind and solar companies seeking a grant from the new […]

Invenergy's Grand Ridge project in Illinois is one of a small number of hybrid power projects to combine wind and solar energy in one site. A larger one with more solar is planned for Ohio. Credit: Invenergy
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

Wind, solar skeptical of Ohio ‘clean energy’ bill

  COLUMBUS — “Supporters also argue it would postpone the permanent decommissioning of the nuclear plants that are responsible for 90 percent of Ohio’s zero-emissions power. They’ve been unable to compete economically with cheaper and abundant natural gas, and FirstEnergy Solutions is currently in bankruptcy proceedings. But to participate in […]

FirstEnergy seeks bailout for 60-year-old Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant. Money going to nuclear could take a large cut from investment in wind and solar.
Energy / FirstEnergy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

Ohio’s FirstEnergy nuclear bailout bill could undermine funding for renewables and efficiency

“Ohio’s plan stands in stark contrast to the nuclear incentive programs that have been rolled out in states including Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Illinois. While these states have largely built their nuclear support programs on the foundation of existing state clean energy and carbon reduction policies, Ohio’s plan would actually undermine existing payment structures […]

Invenergy's Grand Ridge project in Illinois is one of a small number of hybrid power projects to combine wind and solar energy in one site. A larger one with more solar is planned for Ohio. Credit: Invenergy
Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

Nuclear power excluded from EU’s green investment label

“The European Parliament voted on a proposed classification for sustainable assets on Thursday (28 March), voting to exclude nuclear power from receiving a green stamp of approval on financial markets. The text voted in Parliament also excludes fossil fuels and gas infrastructure from the EU’s proposed green finance taxonomy, which aims to divert […]

Photograph by Brandon Thibodeaux
Environmental Justice / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

They grew up around fossil fuels. Now, their jobs are in renewables.

CLAWSON, UTAH — “Levi Kudrna was barely into his teens when the North Dakota oil boom started. He grew up in a farming family and loved that life. What oil did to his state, his community, the local way of life, troubled him. He recognizes that the money has been […]

GRAFTON, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 4: Employees from a Radian Generation's operations and maintenance team change out a faulty solar inverter along a row of solar panels December 4, 2017 at the family-owned Knowlton Farm in Grafton, Massachusetts. The 3.7 megawatt solar array is owned and operated by BlueWave Solar which feeds the generated electricity to homes and small businesses in nearby municipalities. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)
Coal / Renewable Energy / Research & Reports / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

New wind and solar power is cheaper than existing coal in much of the U.S., analysis finds

“Not a single coal-fired power plant along the Ohio River will be able to compete on price with new wind and solar power by 2025, according to a new report by energy analysts. The same is true for every coal plant in a swath of the South that includes the […]

Third annual Ohio Solar Congress
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Third annual Ohio Solar Congress

ATHENS — Solar advocates from across the state came together at the 2019 United Solar Neighbors’ Solar Congress on March 9 in Athens, OH to discuss their progress last year and new projects for the future. Rachael Belz, Ohio Citizen Action Executive Director, was a panel member of the final […]

Huge proposed solar array at stake in PUCO case
AEP / Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Utilities

Huge proposed solar array at stake in PUCO case

  DAYTON — “If approved, the Highland solar farm would be the biggest such facility in Ohio. ‘Renewable energy is a good thing,’ said the consumers’ counsel’s brief filed Wednesday. ‘But AEP’s proposal to re-monopolize power plants in Ohio is an illegal thing. Under Ohio’s deregulation law, an AEP proposal […]

AEP Ohio Weighs in on Pick for PUCO Chairman
AEP / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

AEP Ohio Weighs in on Pick for PUCO Chairman

COLUMBUS — “Sam Randazzo’s appointment to chair the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio sent up red flags to supporters of AEP’s 400 megawatt solar farm. Randazzo’s former group, Industrial Energy Users-Ohio, is against the proposal. AEP Ohio Vice President Marc Reitter said Randazzo is smart and experienced, and Reitter hopes he gives their proposal a fair shot. ‘He’ll […]

Fate of AEP Ohio solar project hinges on question of need
AEP / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

Fate of AEP Ohio solar project hinges on question of need

Ohio regulators will rule on the need for the largest-yet solar energy project proposed in the state COLUMBUS — “Ohio regulators began hearing evidence this week to decide the fate of American Electric Power’s proposal for 400 megawatts of solar energy in Appalachian Ohio. If approved, the combined project in Highland County would […]